is busy pouring cash into expanding
production capacity for
, they apparently haven't forgotten about the other end of their lineup. There remains the possibility that Toyota could add a heavy duty pickup to the
lineup to compete with similar offerings from
. Having noticed the popularity of
engines in those big
, Toyota is reportedly preparing a new 7.0L diesel V8 for the
. If it comes to pass - perhaps as soon as 2011-12 - the big diesel
would join a smaller unit in the light duty Tundra.
That diesel announced at this years
Detroit Auto Show
is likely to be based on the 4.5L diesel that Toyota already offers in other markets in the
. Frankly, this seems like a bad time for Toyota to enter the
heavy duty truck
market. That segment is shrinking rapidly as the commercial buyers who are the main market for such trucks are being hit hard by the implosion of the real estate bubble and rising fuel prices. It seems unlikely that this truck and engine will ever come to market unless Toyota is really itching to stick it to the domestic manufacturers.